SUMMIT, NJ - The Film Society of Summit will present the first area screening of "The Anthropologist," a film that contemplate the fate of the planet from the perspective of an American teenager, January 22 at MONDO. Over a five-year period, the teen travels alongside her mother, an anthropologist studying the impact of climate change on indigenous communities.

"The Anthropologist" showcases parallel stories of two women: Margaret Mead, who popularized cultural anthropology in America; and Susie Crate, an environmental anthropologist currently studying the impact of climate change. Uniquely revealed from their daughters’ perspectives, Mead and Crate demonstrate a fascination with how societies are forced to negotiate the disruption of their traditional ways of life, whether through encounters with the outside world, or the unprecedented change wrought by melting permafrost, receding glaciers and rising tides.

Director Seth Kramer has said his film seeks to offer a profound human dimension to the issue of climate change. The filmmakers investigate the changing environments in five international locations including the Saha Republic in Northeastern Siberia, where permafrost is melting, and in the Peruvian Andes, where the Pastoruri glacier is losing mass and melting away.

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The audience sees in the documentary that, due to warmer temperatures there, farmers have to climb higher and higher just to grow their crops. Some of the indigenous crops are already lost and, eventually, farmers won’t have anywhere else to farm and these communities will have to migrate somewhere else in order to survive. “As temperature rises, this affects people’s ability to grow food,” Kramer explains.  “Societies are forced to negotiate the disruption of their centuries-old ways of life.”  

Indiewire listed "The Anthropologist" as one of the “10 Must-See Films” at DOC NYC in November. Last month, the United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) invited the directors to show their film and to participate on climate change panels at the International Climate Change talks in Paris.    
 
The program, which begins at 8 p.m., will be held at MONDO. located at 426 Springfield Avenue, Admission is $12 in advance, $14 at the door, with advance tickets available at MONDO or by visiting smarttix.com. Seating is limited. For questions or further information, contact The Film Society of Summit at 973-885-1983 or via summitfilm@gmail.com.